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Don’t let mismanaged priorities take you off track August 18, 2014

Posted by TelUS Consulting Services in Job Opportunities.

Running an organization requires keeping priorities straight. whenever you see leaders mis-prioritize their private time, productive effort, and personal relationships, they risk a crash.

The 3 “Ps” of Priorities:

Private Time

When speaking of private time,we are not referring to leisure time. Rather, we are talking about the time a leader sets aside for thinking, reflecting, and strategic planning. As leaders, we have a bias for action; we want to make things happen. Since private time feels unproductive, we tend to skip it. As a result, our leadership suffers from a thought-deficit. Prioritizing private time replenishes our storehouse of creative ideas and clarifies our vision, better positioning us to lead well.


Production Time

Production time is the time we set aside to do things that bring about desired results and enhance our value to the organization. Routinely ask yourself the following questions to ramp up your productivity:

1) What Are My Strengths? – The percentage of time you spend at the intersection of your aptitudes (where you excel) and affinities (where you find enjoyment) will determine your level of success.

2) What Are My Opportunities? – The best opportunities match your strengths. If your ability in an area does not put you in the top 10% of the population, then search for something else to do. People don’t pay for average.

3) Finally, realize that most opportunities don’t immediately bring results. Often, they only lead to additional opportunities. People who think that the first opportunity they encounter will take them to the top usually aren’t very successful. Those who go farthest in leadership are those who work the hardest to seek out and seize opportunities.


People Time

While entire books could be written about how to prioritize time with people, let’s focus on the biggest time-eater on a leader’s schedule: meetings. Most meetings are not critically important, and the majority of them are useless. If you’re in a position of leadership, practice the following to avoid getting stuck in meetings or yet worse, conducting useless meetings:

1) Don’t go. – Have someone on the team represent you. Typically, the significant content of an hour-long meeting can be summarized in five minutes.

2) Don’t go alone. – If you must attend, have a teammate accompany you who can take notes, identify action items, and carry the load of responsibility after the meeting.

3) Don’t go to important meetings without having met unofficially with your top influencers beforehand. –  In truth, most decisions get made in informal settings and then merely made official at formal gatherings.


A Final Thought to Ponder

A leader’s time follows their priorities. If our priorities are disordered you will most likely mismanage your schedule, your life, your company.

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